Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be accepted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.  We are fully accredited with the Arkansas Department of Education.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 415
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Ralph Isaiah Cosio-Interim


  • Arts-Infusion
  • AP Classes
  • AP Seminar and Research
  • Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway
  • Dual Credit and College Credit Courses
  • Virtual Arkansas
  • Gifted and Talented Program

Annual Events

  • Quarterly Arts Exhibits
  • Scholar Exhibitions
  • National Honors Society
  • College Trips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Homecoming
  • Prom

Extracurricular Activities

  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer
  • Golf
  • Dance
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Ambassador Program
  • Mock Trial
  • National History Day
  • National Honors Society
  • Theater
  • A.S.C.E.N.D. Program


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Department of Defense Educational Activity
  • Military K-12 Partnership
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Pulaski Technical College
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Virtual Arkansas
  • Jacksonville Theater Company


In the case of inclement weather, if the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District closes, so will Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter Schools.



  • 11 - National Honors Society Inductee's Ceremony 6pm
  • 12 - AP European 11:30am
  • 12 - Senior Last Townhall 2:30pm
  • 12 - Senior Last Day
  • 13- Meet of Champs @ TBA -ALL Day
  • 15 - Quarter 4 - Art Parent Night
  • 15-19 - Senior Finals and Exhibition Week
  • 18- Board of Director's Meeting @ 12:00pm (JLCS Main Campus Library)
  • 23 - Senior Reception 6pm @ Jacksonville Community Center
  • 25 - Senior Graduation Practice 9am
  • 25 - Senior Graduation @ Little Rock Convention Center 6pm
  • 29 - No School


  • 5-9 - Semester Exams
  • 13 - Last Day for Students
We are proud of our 2017 CPA Scholars chosen for Governor's School; Christian Maddox, David Camp, Josh McNair, Blesset Hagan, Jordan Dennies, Takiah Nelson.

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School Leaders

Interim Principal

Ralph Cosio

Mr. Cosio is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and has been in education for six years as a classroom teacher, leader, and mentor. He has served as a mentor for the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching program and was recognized as the 2013 Mentor of the Year. He graduated with his Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Vekissa Wilson

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She earned her first master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Instructional Technology from AIU Online and is nearing completion of her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University. Ms. Wilson has been a servant leader in education for 18 years as a secondary English teacher and Literacy Instructional Facilitator. She has served as lead for curriculum teams and has written curriculum for large urban school districts. She is National Board Certified and has certification in English as a Second Language. Ms. Wilson is the Co-Founder and President of Next Generation Mentoring Program for adolescent girls and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This is Ms. Wilson’s first year with Lighthouse Academies.
Director of College Transitions

Barrett Petty

Dr. Petty graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He received his Master of Science in School Counseling from John Brown University. Dr. Petty received his Educational Specialist in Counseling from Harding University. In December of 2015, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas. His dissertation focused on what factors caused African American males in Arkansas to graduate from college. Moreover, Dr. Petty has presented at several national conferences on the topic of African American males in secondary education. He also has a publication discussing authentic leadership in the K-12 educational setting. Dr. Petty has had 10 prior years of public education experience including teaching secondary mathematics and being a school counselor. He has been a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for over 15 years. This is Dr. Petty’s third year with Lighthouse.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your student academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your student’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide students with a high quality education. Don’t wait – apply now to transform your child’s future!

Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our students. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 20 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

251 North 1st Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076, USA

34.8687782 -92.1079559
Tel: 501-985-1228
Fax: 501-985-1233

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